BEYOND HELL & BACK: HOW AMERICA'S SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES BECAME THE WORLD'S GREATEST FIGHTING UNI
Author: Dwight Jon Zimmerman & John D. Gresham
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), Dec 2007
Details the 7 defining Special Ops missions that have made the Special Operation Forces the best fighting unit in the world, including The Rescue Of Bat-21, Task Force Normandy, Operation Eagle Claw, & Basher 52. B&W photos, 6x9 inches. 320 pgs.
An inside look at 7 of the most harrowing & significant Special Operations missions ever.
Courage beyond reason. Loyalty beyond faith. Perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity. These are just some of the qualities of the members of the U.S. Special Operation Forces. BEYOND HELL & BACK details the seven defining Special Ops missions that have made the Special Operation Forces the best fighting unit in the world, including:
*THE RESCUE OF BAT-21: The largest & longest Combat Search & Rescue mission in the Vietnam War lasted 17 days & cost the lives of 13 Americans?all to rescue one man & the invaluable knowledge he alone possessed.
* TASK FORCE NORMANDY: Planned in secrecy & executed with flawless efficiency, Task Force Normandy was an Army/Air Force Special Operations joint op that fired the opening shots behind enemy lines in Operation Desert Storm.
*OPERATION EAGLE CLAW: The devastating Special Forces operation mounted to retrieve 52 American hostages in Iran resulted in the deaths of 8 members of the rescue team. This failure ultimately led to the creation of Special Operations Command.
*BASHER 52: Captain Scott O?Grady was shot down over the ?no fly? zone above Bosnia, & his daring rescue was one of the Marine Corps? finest operations ever.
These are a few of the dramatic true tales that represent the defining moments that helped shape the operational methods, planning, & deployment for all future Special Ops missions. BEYOND HELL & BACK is the greatest collection of Spec Ops missions ever assembled.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
DWIGHT JON ZIMMERMAN has written extensively on military-history subjects for American Heritage, the Naval Institute Press, Vietnam Magazine, & numerous military-themed publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
JOHN D. GRESHAM is a veteran military analyst & co-author with Tom Clancy on his bestselling series of nonfiction "guided tour" books about military units, including Special Forces & Marines. He lives in Virginia.